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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Oct. 11, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, Oct. 11)

Dottie West born in McMinnville, Tenn., 1932.

Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" wins the CMA's Album, Song and Record of the Year honors, 1982.

Tex Williams, age 68, died, 1985.

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton recorded their first Top Ten single, "The Last Thing On My Mind," 1967.

(Saturday, Oct. 12)

The Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira" named CMA Single of the Year, 1981.

John Denver killed when his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean off Monterey, Calif., 1997.

"The Statler Brothers Show" debuts on TNN, 1991.

"He Stopped Loving Her Again" wins CMA Song of the Year Award for second straight year, 1981.

(Sunday, Oct. 13)

Roy Rogers leaves Sons of the Pioneers, 1937.

Lacy J. Dalton born in Bloomsburg, Pa., 1946.

Marie Osmond born in Ogden, Utah, 1959.

Waylon Jennings wins CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, 1975.

Dolly Parton wins CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, 1975.

Johnny Cash inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1980.


MUSIC AND MORE


ELVIS COMPILATION HOLDS NO. 1

"Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" sits atop the multi-genre Billboard 200 for the second week, and is still No. 1 on Billboard's country album chart.

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" is No. 2, while LeAnn Rimes' "Twisted Angel" debuts at No. 3. "Unleashed" by Toby Keith slips to No. 4 while Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" holds onto the fifth position.


URBAN SINGLE NO. 1 AS ALBUM DEBUTS

Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" moved into the top spot on Billboard's singles chart in the same week his album, "Golden Roads," was released.

Diamond Rio's "Beautiful Mess" is No. 2, followed by "Where Would You Be" by Martina McBride, Joe Nichols' "The Impossible" and "Work In Progress" by Alan Jackson.


EMMYLOU TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Emmylou Harris will be honored with the Patrick J. Leahy Humanitarian Award for her work to create awareness of the plight of landmine survivors around the world.

She'll get the award from the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation during a Nov. 12 charity concert Alexandria, Va.

Artists scheduled to perform -- Mary Chapin Carpenter, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin, Buddy & Julie Miller, Jamie O'Hara and John Prine.


TRACTOR MISHAP INJURES TRACE ADKINS

Trace Adkins has been released from a Nashville-area hospital after treatment of injuries sustained in a tractor mishap on his farm Tuesday.

Doctors say Adkins was treated for a crush injury to his chest and bruises to the shoulder and pelvis.

Adkins was working on a gravel road on his Rutherford County, Tenn., farm when the tractor he was riding overturned after a section of the road collapsed.

He was able to call for help on a cell phone he was carrying with him.

The accident forced Adkins to call off weekend concerts and a television appearance in Texas.


ROY ACUFF STAMP DUE OUT NEXT YEAR

Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Roy Acuff will be featured on a postage stamp next year.

Acuff, one of the most beloved performers during World War II, cranked out a string of hit songs, including "The Wabash Cannonball" and "The Great Speckled Bird." He was also co-founder of Acuff-Rose Publications, Nashville's first music publisher.

Acuff was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1962 and died in 1992.

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